The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to reflect on your business goals and plan how you want your business to grow.

Maybe you want to save money, get more efficient, manage your risk, reduce litter and pollution, or cut greenhouse gases. Whether you believe in resolutions or not, becoming a Zero Waste Certified facility can help you achieve your business goals in 2017.

Waste No Time

But are companies really doing this? YES! In 2016, New Belgium Brewing Company with the Platinum Certification due to successfully diverting 99.6 percent of its waste away from landfills. Microsoft joined the ranks and earned their Gold Certification at its global headquarters Redmond, Washington, home to more than 44,000 employees, for diverting 90 percent of its waste.

Green Business Certification Inc.

The Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Through rigorous certification and credentialing standards, GBCI drives adoption of green business practices, which fosters global competitiveness and enhances environmental performance and human health benefits. Their vision is that businesses and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation.

Zero Waste Certified businesses not only reduce litter, pollution, and cut greenhouse gases, they also reinvest resources locally, create jobs, and add more value for their community. And Relan can help YOUR business become one! 

So where do you start?

First, download the free Summary Certification Checklist to learn the steps on becoming a Zero Waste Certified facility.

Next, review the checklist to see how your business fits in. Also, visit the USGBC page to learn how your facility can become a member and check out its benefits! 

Relan - Your Partner In Sustainability

Need a few ideas on where to earn points for your facility’s Zero Waste Certification? Relan may be able to fill in some of the gaps on your certification checklist.

At Relan, we are on a mission to create a more sustainable future for generations to come and are committed to helping you tell your sustainability story that leaves a lasting impact on your community, customers, and the environment. We achieve this by partnering with companies to tell their sustainability story through upcycled unique, branded products created by repurposing their old marketing materials.

Take a look at what partnering with Relan can do to move the needle in your favor so your company can earn its Zero Waste Certification.


  • Credit 1: Purchasing products from Relan reduces the need to buy items from outside of the U.S.A.

  • Credit 2: Relan assists with closed loop by tracking your order from the time your banners/billboards are sent to our shop to the time your order arrives back to your organization.


  • Credit 1: Relan creates branded products through reusing banners and billboards that otherwise would go to the landfill.

Zero Waste Reporting

  • Credit 2: Relan helps you track avoided costs to the landfill by instead reusing your banners and billboards.

Zero Waste Purchasing

  • Credit 5: We can provide information needed to track your products as EPP in your system.

  • Credit 6: All of our products are used and/or refurbished to replace products typically made from virgin materials.

  • Credit 7.1, 7.2, 7.3Relan products are ideal for community engagement, employee engagement, or foundation fundraisers which are in line with the environmentally preferable purchasing practices.

  • Zero Waste Purchasing Credits: Add marketing products, gifts, giveaways, promotional products made from in-house banners and billboards to the EPP vs bought from overseas or other locations with virgin material


  • Credit 6: As an external party, we’d be more than happy to promote your company’s Zero Waste goals and tell your sustainability story through our social media platforms, invite you to be a guest blogger on our website, or assist your leadership team to spread the word in the media.

Upstream Management

  • Credit 3: Banners and billboards can be used to implement 100% recyclable packing and shipping.

Credit Innovation

  • Credit 1: We upcycle non-traditional materials like billboards and banners as well as mesh, overprinted t-shirts, jerseys, uniforms, etc. to help your company meet your goals.

Let’s Do This!

Now that you know why and how to become a Zero Waste Certified facility, get a jump start on your 2017 goals to become a more eco-friendly business. Contact Relan if you have any questions. We'd love to join you on your sustainability journey!

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